HAST high school students visit campus, learn at CIVS

CIVS students gathered around a computer
Tyamo Okosun (standing) and (from left to right) HAST students Jose Rodriguez, Brandon Swart, and Matt Brown

Utilizing the Center for Innovation through Visualization & Simulation (CIVS), high school students from the Hammond Academy for Science Technology (HAST) are gaining unique learning experiences during their twice- weekly visits to campus. Working with Purdue Calumet students at CIVS, the HAST students’ focus is a four-part, program that is part of the national, “Project Lead the Way”, initiative funded by the National Science Foundation.

Individual concerns, goals and outcomes

The program calls for the HAST students to identify a particular problem or challenge, communicate with those involved to size up the nature of the problem/challenge, determine a process of solution and apply the process.

Program areas in which the HAST students are focusing are: Virtual Hammond; Comprehensive Virtual Training for Power Plants; 3-D Printing for Industrial Engineering; and Serious Game Design for Wind Energy Education (not for entertainment).

2nd partnership with HAST students

Before this year’s alliance developed, Purdue Calumet’s CIVS in 2011 partnered with HAST middle school students in a program called “Mission Ocean.” The program provides STEM learning through ocean exploration in a virtual submarine. The idea has proven successful and continues each year.

“One of our missions is education, and we look for opportunities for collaboration,” said Doreen-Gonzalez- Gaboyan, CIVS outreach administrator. “We are excited to be working with HAST again.”

Findings evaluated next spring

The current Project Lead the Way partnership, which includes high school seniors, will conclude next May with a presentation in the CIVS theater. Students will offer their final projects for HAST faculty, city and industry officials and others.